dental-replacingWhen many people think of dentures they may assume they are merely confined to the elderly. Well, you might be surprised to learn that modern medical advances are helping shed such an image. Today there are a wide range of methods and treatments available when it comes to dentures – used by a wide range of people.

Replacing Missing Teeth

As you may be aware, dentures came about in the first place to provide an aid for people with missing teeth. Basically there are designed to look and feel like normal teeth and in the process help people who need them to eat and function normally.

There are two main types of dentures.

Let’s look at the first one. If all a patient’s teeth are missing then they will need a complete denture. As well as helping with eating, this will also help with the structure of the mouth and even appearance of the face, as missing teeth can sometimes cause the cheeks to sag.

The second type of denture is a partial denture and this is used where there are only a few teeth that need replacing. As well as plugging the gaps and helping with eating, partial dentures can also help to stop the existing teeth left in the mouth from moving to fill the spaces.

How Do They Work?

Traditionally dentures have been fabricated from acrylic resins. However, due to advances in dentistry today a dentist may offer the patient a range of options. This might include Valplast Dentures, which are designed to be more flexible and comfortable for the person wearing them.

woman smileSo, how do they fit into place?

Well, dentures are normally held by natural suction to the gums, although occasionally a fixative might be used to assist them.

As you might expect, the dentures can sometimes come loose and a newer practice you may be interested to know more about is dental implants, which help eradicate this problem. Be aware that these type of dentures can be more expensive.

Looking After Your Dentures

So, you’ve decided to get dentures. Well, what next? Keeping good care of them is clearly important of course.

Here’s some key points to remember:

* Remove your dentures at night to allow your gums a breather.

* Take care of your dentures! OK, an obvious point, but it’s important to brush your dentures and soak them in a glass of cold water when they aren’t being worn.

* Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Don’t forget too that they can professionally clean your dentures if they become stained over time.

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